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Old 10-02-2008, 01:24 PM
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Default Canning pears without peeling?

I've read 2 different opinions on this. The reason I am asking is that the pears I have are pretty ripe and peeling seems like it would be kind of a pain!

Has anybody tried canning pears without peeling them?

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Hi, I'm new, but will reply. I was making pear sauce and decided to try one batch a different way. I cooked the whole pears in a 6 qt. crock pot with a little water for about 4 hours and ran them through the food mill. Because the pears got so soft from cooking this way, some of the skins, cores & seeds were in with the fruit - everything was kind of ground up together and the end result was slightly gritty instead of smooth but still tasty and probably better nutritionally. I have not canned pears with the skin on any other way and I did not do it intintionally this time! I used up the last of my pears Sunday and canned Amaretto Pear halves. I also made tons of pear pie filling, pear butter, pear sauce. I will be interested to see if anyone else has canned them with the skins.
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Hi Emerald!

I ended up peeling mine - I have a good sharp peeler and they weren't too ripe yet - so they turned out pretty good I think. I just canned them in quarters.

I've done peaches in amaretto. I saw a recipe for pears in vanilla which I thought sounded pretty good. I think I have one that uses vodka too...

Thanks for the tips!

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Oh gosh to peel pears! After wearing a blister on my finger I finally figured out that if you try to be conservative and take off as little of the pear flesh as possible with the peel you are making your job harder. If you take off the peel a little deeper they seem to peel easier. I have a hand crank apple peeler that I am going to try on the next bunch I can just to see if it will work.
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My wife and I picked up one of those Back to Basics apple/potato peelers recently and yesterday we tried it on our pears.

It works okay. Some shape pears it does fine, other shapes it doesn't. Think apple or potato when choosing the pears to use it on and you'll be okay.
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I too picked up an apple peeler to try to use for the pears and it broke it in half! To be fair, when I tried it, the pears were still green & not very ripe. I prefer using pears that are a little underripe when I make pear butter since it seems to set up better. This is the first year I have had enough apples to can and it worked really well on the apples.
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I think the worst thing about peeling them was that they are sooo slippery!
After I peeled them I cut them in half then used a grapefruit spoon to scoop out the core, that seemed to work pretty well. But it's almost a 2 person job I think! One person to peel and one to core and slice
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